sábado, 14 de marzo de 2009

Actividades: Cetáceos en las Rías Bajas!

El Hidria Segundo antes era un barco aljibe y ahora es un barco de pasajeros que funciona a vapor y vela. Esta embarcación ha sido restaurada y transformado en un híbrido entre velero y barco a vapor, idóneo para el avistamiento de cetáceos.

Hemos realizado proyectos muy interesantes como "O Barco da Memoria", que fue una exposición itinerante por 18 puertos gallegos, el programa "Descubre Galiza", y en el verano de 2008, fuimos representando a Galicia a "Brest2008", en la Bretaña Francesa y realizamos un chárter de una semana por las Rías Bajas con pasajeros de Viajarsolo.com.

Este año nos hemos aliado con Gremmar y hemos preparado un programa para Semana Santa que mezcla el turismo con la navegación tradicional, y el Parque Nacional de las Islas Atlánticas con la observación de cetáceos.

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Muchas gracias.


Voluntariado: Vancouver!

Marine Mammal Rescue (MMR) Internship Program
Mission Statement of the Vancouver Aquarium:
The Vancouver Aquarium is a self-supporting, non-profit association dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life through display and interpretation, education, research, and direct action.
About the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre
One of the Vancouver Aquarium´s direct action programs, the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, works to rescue, rehabilitate and successfully release abandoned, injured, or standed marine mammals. Located approximately 15 minutes east of the Vancouver Aquarium, patients are brought to the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre´s hospital facility from all over the B.C. coast and cared for until they are well enough to be released into the wild. Since the Aquarium started helping distressed marine mammals in the 1960s, MMR has treated elephant seals, sea otters, Steller sea lions, harbour porpoises, common dolphins, and killer whales. Harbour seals are the most common patient at the facility and the facility can care for over 100 animals at a time.
MMR Internship Program:
The MMR Internship is an unpaid internship. It will provide students with hands-on experience in marine mammal rescue, rehabilitation and the conservation of marine life. Students will engage in laboratory procedures, rescue techniques and help with the veterinary care of marine mammals.MMR presents a unique internship opportunity for:
* Pre-veterinary students enrolled in a biology or similar university program
* Veterinary technician students
* Veterinary students
Successful candidate will be:
* Full time students enrolled in, a college or university, in zoology, marine biology, or related animal science, or completed all or part of a course study in veterinary technology from a recognized institution
* Interested in a career as a veterinary technician, veterinarian, or a marine biology
* Extremely self motivated with a desire for continuing education
* Experienced in the animal care field either paid work or volunteer
* Appling for position in a timely manor with resume and letter of interest outlining why you are interested in the program, your availability, educational background and where you heard about the program
* Able to provide 2 letters of reference
* Able to secure the necessary funds for relocation, accommodations and living expenses for the entire placement
* Able to lift 20kg, be in good physical shape and be able to work both inside and outside in various weather conditions
Intern shifts will be approximately 8 hours long, 5 days a week for a total of 40 hours per week. Work schedules will include week-ends, evenings and holidays. R
Responsibilities (applicant responsibilities may include, but are not limited to):
* Food preparation and animal feeding
* General cleaning duties and animal habitat maintenance
* Receiving animals when rescued including ability to weigh, assist in physical examinations, and animal record keeping
* Assisting the veterinarian and staff in surgical and medical cases when required
* Assist in researching information to aid in animal care* Limited laboratory procedures
* May assist with rescues and releases
All candidates are expected to find their own accommodations in Vancouver.
Placement dates and application procedures:
There are six (6) internship positions over the summer, each 6 weeks in length and one (1) full-time position offered for the full summer.
Early summer placement: three (3) students between June 25th -Aug 7th, 2009
Late summer placement: three (3) students between July 24th - Sept 4th, 2009
Full summer placement: one (1) student between June 25th and Sept 4th, 2009
Placement Application deadline
Telephone Interview Period Notification period Start date :
Early/Full Summer March 20th - 31st April 10th, 2009 June 25th
Late Summer March 20th - 31st April 10th, 2009 July 24th
Applications will be processed by the MMR Coordinator. Please send resume, letter of intent and two references to rescue@vanaqua.org with "MMR Internship Application" in the subject line OR mail to the attention of:
MMR Internship Application
Vancouver Aquarium
PO Box 3232
Vancouver, BC V6B3X8.
Good luck to all our applicants.Thank you for your interest in the Vancouver Aquarium´s Marine Mammal Rescue Internship program.

Empleo: Florida - Mote Marine Laboratory!

Dolphin and Whale Hospital and Sea Turtle Rehabilitation - Hospital Rehabilitation Animal Care Specialist.
The position of Rehabilitation Animal Care Specialist at Mote Marine Laboratory requires advanced knowledge in the care, feeding, and husbandry of marine mammals and sea turtles. The Rehabilitation Animal Care Specialist should have advanced knowledge in animal welfare, food acquisition and preparation, and maintaining non-medical facilities and equipment.
The Rehabilitation Animal Care Specialist should be familiar with National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) requirements for housing marine mammals and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) for housing sea turtles. The Rehabilitation Animal Care Specialist will assist in the training of other animal care employees, interns, and volunteers. All employees must comply with the requirements outlined in the MML employee manual.
General Duties:
Under the direction of the Medical Care Coordinator, the Rehabilitation Animal Care Specialist is responsible for but not limited to the following tasks: preparing the daily diet for animals undergoing rehabilitation in the hospital, assisting in administering the feeds and medications, assisting in medical examination, and coordinating the handling of animals undergoing rehabilitation.
This position will also be responsible for maintaining food, supplies, and facilities in strict accordance with NMFS and FFWCC requirements.
The Rehabilitation Animal Care Specialist is responsible for assisting with the training of staff, interns, and volunteers in the feeding of animals undergoing rehabilitation. This may include acting as shift leader on some designated shifts for round the clock care of critical rehabilitated animals.
The Rehabilitation Animal Care Specialist may be required to participate in beach rescue and/or animal transport operations, and should be familiar with the procedures for transporting marine mammals and sea turtles by land, sea, and air.
The Rehabilitation Animal Care Specialist is responsible for maintaining life support systems for marine mammals and sea turtle medical tanks including water quality monitoring, water exchanges, backwashing of filters, and cleaning fractionators.
The Rehabilitation Animal Care Specialist will assist with routine medical care of marine mammals and sea turtles undergoing rehabilitation. Such activities may include acquiring radiographs, ultrasound, or other veterinary diagnostics.
Working Hours:
Working hours will be dictated by the needs of animals requiring care. Animals undergoing rehabilitation typically require specialized care 24 hours a day. This position requires a flexible schedule and may involve any hour of the day or night. Late night, early morning and weekend hours are common.
Minimum Requirements:
-Bachelor´s degree
-Experience with care and food preparation for marine mammals and sea turtles undergoing rehabilitation, including requirements specified by NMFS and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
-US citizenship or foreign citizen´s U.S. work permit appropriate for the work
-Valid Florida driver´s license or ability to obtain in one month
-Ability to work flexible schedule, including late nights and weekends
-Ability to lift/carry/move heavy objects (100+ pounds)
-Excellent swimming abilities
-Good verbal/communication skills
-Work well with others
-Scuba certification is preferred
The closing date to apply for this position is March 13, 2009. Applications should include a letter of interest, resume, and the contact information for three references.
Please submit application materials to Human Resources at humanresources@mote.org or:
Mote Marine Laboratory
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL
Joseph Gaspard
Manatee Care, Training, and Research Coordinator
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL
Phone - (941) 388-4441 x460
Fax - (941) 388-4317

Voluntariado: Florida!

Any questions regarding the internship and applications should be directed to ManateeInterns@myfwc.com
Manatee GIS Research Intern Interns' primary responsibilities are assisting with various GIS-related tasks related to ongoing projects by FWRI scientists in their research on manatee ecology and behavior. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Manatee Geographic Information System (GIS) section is looking for a detail-oriented intern or volunteer to work during the upcoming summer in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The intern's primary responsibilities will involve assisting staff members in GIS tasks such as digitization; creation and modification of shapefiles and geodatabases; database management and development; and Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) of spatial data. Other responsibilities may include data entry and special projects. For the current project, the intern will be digitizing manatee sightings from recent aerial surveys and comparing the locations of sightings to existing FWRI manatee datasets.
* Working knowledge of ArcGIS 8.x or 9.x
* Knowledge of GIS theories and methods, as demonstrated by coursework or training
* Basic database knowledge; Microsoft Access literacy preferred
* Ability to work independently and as part of a group
Application Process:
We are currently accepting applications for the summer of 2009 (May-August). Internships require a minimum two-month commitment. Starting and ending dates are flexible; hours are also somewhat flexible. Please indicate in your cover letter the position for which you are applying. Send a hard copy of your resume with your cover letter, college transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient if not applying for internship credit), a list of three references, and contact information to the following address:
Dr. William S. Arnold-Internship Coordinator
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 Eighth Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL
Applications may also be submitted as an e-mail attachment to: ManateeInterns@myfwc.com.
This intern position is open until filled. All positions are unpaid. Housing and transportation are NOT provided. For more information on internships, please visit the FWRI Internships <http://research.myfwc.com/careers/internships.asp>

Eventos Internacionales: Distance Sampling Workshop!

Staff from the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling, Univ. of St. Andrews will deliver this workshop hosted by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO) this coming summer (12-15 July).
The workshop instructors will be Drs. David Borchers, Len Thomas, and Tiago Marques. Over 3.5 days, we will focus on distance sampling methods, as described in the standard reference book Introduction to Distance Sampling (book will be provided). The workshop will be a blend of theory and practice and participants will learn how to use the program Distance.
Space is limited to 40 places and we expect this workshop to fill more quickly than did last year's North America workshop, so if you are interested, please visit the website (http://www.cetus.ucsd.edu/Distance.html) and register soon.
This site also contains information on accommodation (campus housing at UCSD as well as other negotiated rates) along with information on the location and other details. Those interested in the application of passive acoustics in abundance estimation may also attend a SIO symposium the following day (http://www.cetus.ucsd.edu/Density.html).
Eric Rexstad
Research Unit for Wildlife Population Assessment
Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling
University of St. Andrews
St. Andrews Scotland KY16 9LZ
+44 (0)1334 461833
The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland : No SC013532

domingo, 8 de marzo de 2009

Actividades. Curso en Lund!

We would like to announce that we are again giving the international PhD student course in Ecology of Animal Migration at the Department of Ecology at Lund University and organized by CAnMove (Centre for Animal Movement Research).
The course will be held 29 Sept-9 October 2009, and you will find more information on our web page: http://orn-lab.ekol.lu.se/birdmigration/
During the course lectures will be given by invited experts in their field, there will be seminars, own projects with practice of field equipment as well as an excursion. There will be ample time for interactions between students and lecturers and we invite PhD students from any country to participate in the course.
Please, contact Keith Larson (Keith.Larson@zooekol.lu.se) for registration. Very Welcome to a very stimulating and exciting course!
Keith Larson, PhD Student
Department of Animal Ecology
Lund University
Ecology Building
S?lvegatan 3722362 Lund
Tel: +46 (0)46 2229310
Fax: +46 (0)46 2224716

Voluntariado: Isla Mauricio!

The Mauritian Marine Conservation Society has embarked on a study of the dolphin watching industry in Mauritius and the dolphins exploited in this industry.
To give a little background: The dolphin watching industry has grown unregulated and uncontrolled over the last 5 or 6 years (a whale watching industry is nascent and may take off at any moment). On a typical day, groups of spinner dolphins, sometimes up to 100 animals, but typically 50 dolphins, will be visited by an average of 30-40 boats over a 4 hour period, early to mid- morning. With a non-ending stream of snorkellers jumping in the water to be near them. On occasion, perhaps 20% of the time, small groups (2 to 5) of bottlenose dolphins are subjected to the same fate. At the moment the population of bottlenose is the major conservation issue. We expect to find, based purely on intuition and not science, a very small population of Tursiops, probably around 100 to 150 animals. In contrast, the spinners that visit the coast daily are probably part of a larger population, probably around 3000 to 5000 strong - perhaps 1 or 2 thousand less. But, that is all conjecture, we need to establish the sustainability of the industry and the conservation status of the dolphins scientifically.
We have two students working on this:
1. Behavioural and ecological aspects, what the dolphins are doing in the area, what they do before the boats arrive, during and after.
2. Determining numbers and identity of both species. In addition the examination of the socio-economic aspects, what the industry is worth, how many people, from where etc etc will be continued.
The trouble is we have a limited budget and we, like most science, need to augment this in some way. Hence, we are looking for paying volunteers to come to Mauritius and help us with this work. Other than the research (undertaken by two PhD students) outlined above, the programme also encompasses:
- Working with schools to promote environmental awareness.
- Lobbying Government, the dolphin watching industry and private business, in an effort to gain support for sustainable marine eco-tourism. So, not only is there opportunity to help the PhD students with their research, but there will be ample opportunity to work with the MMCS in their educational and awareness campaign.
We would like to host a maximum of two volunteers at any one time to help. Help would mostly be collecting data at sea, on our boat, or somehow helping the collection of research data.
Volunteers will be accommodated with one of the students in a small furnished house in Black River (GPS 20o 21.77'S, 57o 21.48'E). Volunteers will have their own room and food will be provided, the same food eaten by the students. Anything outside of this will be for the volunteer's own account. Volunteers will be expected to contribute to housework, cleaning etc. The house is well appointed, two toilets, one bathroom with shower. It is about 750 m from a shopping centre that has a well stocked supermarket. The beach is about 100 m away.
Openings for volunteers are available immediately. Charges will be around GBP200 per week, with GBP50 airport pick up and return, with a minimum of 4 weeks (and a maximum of 8 weeks, because of Government stipulation).
For more info on volunteering, contact: Imogen Webster Principle Research Officer (PhD candidate) iwebster@mmcs-ngo.org or Skype imogen.webster or www.mmcs-ngo.org

Voluntariado: Australia!

Humpback Whale Research, Hervey Bay, Australia - Internship Opportunity the Oceania Project, during August-October 2009, is conducting vessel based fieldwork for a long-term study of the behaviour and social organisation of humpback whales in Hervey Bay.
The Expedition vessel 'Moon Dancer' is a 12m-power catamaran. http://www.oceania.org.au/expedition/research.html The Oceania Project is affiliated with Southern Cross University incorporating the Southern Cross University Whale Research Centre (SCUWRC) and the Centre for Animal Conservation Genetics (SCU CACG) and is an affiliate of the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium (SPWRC).

The focus of the research being undertaken is a long term study of the social behaviour, population dynamics and ecological significance of Hervey Bay for the Area V (E1) humpback whale group. In addition we are investigating genetic relatedness amongst humpbacks in Hervey Bay, the implications for social organisation and reproductive success and the extent to which social behaviour is determined by kinship.

There is an opportunity for up to five Interns to participate in the research expedition each week during August-October 2009. Interns live aboard the expedition vessel for a week or more subject to time and budget constraints. The cost per week is $1950 Australian which includes accommodation aboard the expedition vessel and food. Interns are responsible for all costs associated with travel to and from Hervey Bay.

Fieldwork involved is 'sloughed skin' and faecal sample collection, assistance with photo identification/behavioural observation field notes, GPS/GIS spatial data collection, environmental data, water quality sampling and general data entry. Interns also assist with vessel operations including food preparation & galley duties. Sea time can be validated towards a marine qualification.

A pdf with detailed information about the Internship Program is available for download.
No prior experience is necessary and training will be provided. The Internship is open to students and staff of recognised institutions. Preference will be given to individuals involved in marine mammal science courses or related institutions and/or with prior volunteer marine mammal field experience. Places will be allocated in the order registrations are received.
General information about The Oceania Project and the Research Expedition is online at:

Experiences with the humpbacks in Hervey Bay aboard the Whale Research Expedition can
be viewed at: [ iWhales.org ]. If you are interested in participating in the Whale Research Expedition as an Intern you can register online.

If you have questions or queries please email Trish & Wally Franklin and include a brief CV [ mailto:trish.wally@oceania.org.au ].
Trish Franklin & Wally Franklin
Directors & Principal Investigators, The Oceania Project
PhD Candidates, Southern Cross University
Trish & Wally Franklin
The Oceania Project
PO Box 646 Byron Bay NSW 2481 Australia
ABN 73 052 470 630 ACN 052 470 630
Phone: + 61 02 6685 8128
Fax: + 61 02 9225 9176
Mobile: 0418 797326
Email: trish.wally@oceania.org.au
Web: http://www.oceania.org.au
and http://www.iwhales.org

Voluntariado: Maine!

The Bar Harbor Whale Museum seeks an intern for the 2009 summer season. The position will require approximately 20-40 hours per week with flexibility to accommodate specific schedule needs. Duties include assisting with education programs, exhibit and museum gift shop maintenance, and organization of our Adopt-A-Whale program. This position is open to either a senior-level high school student or an undergraduate college student, and can be an academic or nonacademic internship position depending on the need of the student. This is an unpaid volunteer position; housing is not available.

The Bar Harbor Whale Museum is a nonprofit museum dedicated to developing in people an appreciation for marine mammals and their integral role in the Gulf of Maine through education, conservation, and scientific research. The Bar Harbor Whale Museum works in collaboration with Allied Whale, the marine mammal research group at College of the Atlantic, and the Bar Harbor Whale Watch company. This internship experience allows the student to become familiar with marine mammal ecology, museum education and operation, customer service protocols, and working in a nonprofit environment. Knowledge of the ecology of the Gulf of Maine region or background in a related field, museum work, or customer service is helpful, but not required. Interested applicants must be reliable, self-motivated, capable of working well with others, and able to commit to a schedule.

Application review will begin March 16, 2008. Please send resume and three references, two professional and one personal. Applicants should email materials with a cover letter outlining your interest in this position to khevner@coa.edu with subject 'Internship 2009', or mail to:

Keri Hevner
Bar Harbor Whale Museum
52 West Street
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609

Empleo: Florida!

Job Title: Research Laboratory Assistant
Department: Conservation, Education and Training Requisition ID#: (req#740-TBW)
Oversee data entry, quality control, updating, and maintenance for long-term databases, including Access sighting data base (with more than 35,000 dolphin group sightings and 100,000 dolphin identifications from 1970-present), as well as sighting effort summaries, health databases, data-entry progress checklists, assisting with data queries. Perform GIS analyses and prepare maps as requested.
Assist with photographic identification analyses, digitally trace all changed fins, and maintain digital catalog of dorsal fin photographs for photo-id. Provide administrative support, including expense accounting, procuring field and laboratory supplies, copying, maintaining and updating Marine Mammal Library and reprint supply, distribution of outreach materials, monitoring website contacts, and over-seeing intern activities.
Assist with proposal preparation, data analyses and manuscript preparation. Assist with logistical support and field activities of Research Program. Field activities may include photographic identification surveys, capture-release operations, biopsy darting, human interaction research, fish sampling, and associated environmental sampling. Other related duties as assigned.
This position is based in Sarasota, Florida.
Bachelor's degree in biology, natural resources, marine sciences, or a related field plus 3 years of experience working with a comparable cetacean field research program (with appropriate letters of recommendation) requiredor Master's degree in biology, natural resources, marine sciences, or arelated field preferred .
Extensive computer experience required with programs Access, Arcview (or ArcGIS), Excel, and Word. Computer software experience preferred: ACDSee, Adobe Photoshop, Endnote, and statistical packages.
Proficiency in boat operations (19 ft +) required, with demonstrated ability to trailer boats, including launching and retrieval. Proficient swimmer required. Photographic experience desired. Valid driver's license required for Florida residents within 90 days of hire;valid out-of-state license required for out-of-state residents. Spanish fluency a plus, but not required.
If interested in being considered for this opportunity, please email your resume/cover letter noting position title and id#740 in subject line and in your cover letter to: greatjobs@brookfieldzoo.org.
For more information about our organization and career opportunities please visit our website at www.czs.org

Voluntariado: BDRI en Cerdeña!

Hi everyone,

On behalf of the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI (www.thebdri.com), I am pleased to announce that there are still places available for our 2009 Summer Internships (a minimum of 7 weeks of participation between June - September) in Sardinia Island, Italy. The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI is a marine science and education centre committed to conserving the diversity and integrity of marine life to meet the needs of current and future generations.

BDRI's researchers are engaged in the conduction of a long term study about the ecology and behaviour of wild bottlenose dolphins and the potential effects of human activities (fisheries, aquaculture and tourism) in their distribution and behaviour. An internship period with the BDRI offers an invaluable exposure to boat based field work,marine mammals research, intensive training and mentoring in marine biology. Undergraduate and postgraduate students can present their BDRI's personal research project as their Thesis. Internships can be used for academic or vocational purposes, but students are solely responsible for making all arrangements for receiving relevant credit(s) as a result of completing the internship.

Interns can expect to participate in and learn a variety of facets of marine mammal research as research assistants in two diverse research projects:

1. Mediterranean bottlenose dolphins societies project: We will take and analyse identification photos, study group structure and composition to refine details of dolphin societies and responses to human activities at sea. Volunteers assist with data collection onboard helping to locate, photograph and keep track of bottlenose dolphin groups. Back at the lab volunteers restock field supplies, analyse photos and transcribe data collected.

2. Effects of man-made noise pollution on dolphins' communication and behaviour: We will examine acoustic characteristics of bottlenose dolphins' vocal signals and we will compare these characteristics with those of man-made noise in order to investigate effects of noise exposure on the dolphins' behaviour and communication. Internships will actively participate in data collection onboard and monitor dolphins vocalizations. Back at the lab volunteers restock field supplies, analyse and transcribe acoustical data collected.

There is an internships cost of 35€-40€/day and BDRI will provide housing and all associated field costs during the internships period (training, use of materials, field work, electricity, gas, boat trips, etc). There is no compensation for these internship positions and successful applicants will be responsible for their own transportation expenses to and from the research camp (Sardinia, Italy).

There is no deadline to apply. However, approved applications are accepted on a first-come, first serve basis. Apply early! Start and end dates are flexible. Positions are open until filled.

Please download the internships general information at:www.thebdri.com/resources/downloads/internships.pdf
and the application from:www.thebdri.com/resources/downloads/applicationinternships.rtf

Send cover letter or inquiries by email to the Research Chief, Bruno Diaz Lopez, at info@thebdri.com. Please indicate in your cover letter the dates you are available.
Bruno Diaz Lopez
Research Biologist / Marine Zoologist
Chief Researcher
The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI
V.Armando Diaz Nº4
07020 Golfo Aranci (SS) Italy
Tel: + (39) 346 0815414

Empleo: North Carolina!

The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) invites applications for a Visiting Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology.
The primary responsibility of this position is to conduct research in collaboration with UNCW faculty and students. Research must be complementary to on-going work (http://www.uncw.edu/bio/areas.html) and priority will be given to those applicants working in the field of Marine Biology.
This position is a one-year appointment and is available starting September 1, 2009. The position may be renewed for a second year. Candidates are expected to have completed a Ph.D. by August 2009. To apply, complete the online application available at http://consensus.uncw.edu<http://consensus.uncw.edu/ by electronically submitting a letter of interest that includes a statement of research interests and potential collaborators at UNCW, and curriculum vitae with contact information for three professional references. Also have a letter of support from the UNCW faculty member with whom you would work sent separately to
D. Ann Pabst,
Search Chair,
For questions about the online application process, contact
Ms. Tracie Chadwick
Review of applications will begin 15 March 2009.
UNCW is committed to promoting diversity in education and we actively foster a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment. UNCW is an equal opportunity employer, so qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic, or other minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
D. Ann Pabst
Biology and Marine Biology
University of North Carolina
601 S. College Rd.Wilmington,
NC 28403
Phone: 910-962-7266
Fax: 910-962-4066

Voluntariado: Gales!

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre, New Quay, Wales www.cbmwc.org
Marine Wildlife & Conservation Volunteer opportunities.
Are you planning a career in the marine environment or conservation? Internships and volunteer positions are available at the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre. Volunteering is a great way to develop skills and gain essential experience!
Reliable & enthusiastic people are needed to help with our ongoing research, education and interpretation programmes concerning the marine wildlife of Cardigan Bay. We primarily study the bottlenose dolphins through photo-identification, and also monitor harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seal populations.
Volunteers play a vital role in the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre´s work. The centre relies on the generous help of volunteers & interns toundertake its work and greatly appreciates your time. Please note enthusiasm for our work and the marine environment is as valued as experience, since training is provided.
This is a fantastic opportunity for you to make a positive contribution to marine wildlife conservation and to gain knowledge and experience of the species and habitats in Cardigan Bay. It can be a great chance to gain experience of field work, research methods and public awareness and education programmes. Gain essential skills for a career in the environment or conservation such as developing your fundraising, interpersonal and data processing skills as well as meeting and socialising with people who share your interests.
If you have any specific skills or experience such as in website creation, fundraising, the media, DIY skills, exhibition, interior or graphic design and would like to help with project development, please contact us.
We also welcome undergraduate and postgraduate students who need boat support and office space to conduct their research projects. Please contactus to discuss whether your project ideas are feasible.
For further information
To find out more about the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre and what activities you would be involved in visit www.cbmwc.org/volunteer/become_vol.asp.
If you have any questions please email volunteer@cbmwc.org with an appropriate subject line or call Sarah on 01545 560032.
Volunteering at CBMWC
Desired skills
An interest in wildlife and conservation is most important, along with reliability, enthusiasm and willingness to work in a conscientious and responsible manner. As you will be dealing with the public on a daily basis it is also important that you are fluent in speaking English. We welcome people with experience working with children, the public or in environmental interpretation or education, however this is not essential. Indeed this is agreat opportunity to gain skills in these areas. Good verbal and written communication skills, IT, design and fundraising skills are likewise useful but not essential.
Time commitment
Volunteers are needed from April until November 2009. We ask for a minimum commitment of 2 weeks (due to training), ideally volunteers would be able to commit longer. Volunteers living locally who are available on a part-time basis are also welcome year round and are greatly appreciated.
Accommodation and expense arrangements
Basic accommodation can be arranged for committed volunteers (approx ?50 perweek). Volunteers are responsible for their own food, travel and accommodation costs.
How to get involved?
It´s easy to get involved simply download a simple application form from our website www.cbmwc.org/volunteer/become_vol.asp complete it and email it to volunteer@cbmwc.org with "Volunteer application 2009" in your subject line or alternatively post your application form. Please make sure you fill in your availability. We look forward to hearing from you.
Postal address:
FAO: Sarah Perry
Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre
Patent Slip Building, Glanmor Terrace
New Quay, Ceredigion
Wales, SA45 9PS

Voluntariado: Australia!

Volunteers required for work on Australian fur seals (Arctocephaluspusillus doriferus).
Volunteers are required to assist PhD students from Deakin University,Victoria, Australia on projects studying the foraging behaviour and disease prevalence of/in Australian fur seals.
Volunteers will gain experience in the capture and restraint of adult female, juvenile and pup Australian fur seals. Volunteers will also assist in gas anaesthesia, the attachment and removal of data loggers and the collection of biological samples.
Fieldwork will be conducted on Kanowna Island, a remote island off the coast of Wilsons Promontory, Victoria. Life as well as work on the island can be physically demanding and as such volunteers should be relatively fit and healthy.
Volunteers will need to provide their own transport to and from Tidal River, Wilsons Promontory; alternatively, carpooling may be able to be arranged with other volunteers travelling down. Food and accommodation are provided, it should be noted that accommodation is basic (sleeping in tents etc). Volunteers will need to bring personal items such as clothes and sleeping bags.
The length of field trips will vary from 14 days to up to 20 days and will be conducted during the months of May and September.
Please direct all expressions of interest coupled with a short CV;
Andrew Hoskins
PhD Candidate
Deakin University, Australia

Empleo: Alaska!

Biological Technician position (May 18-Aug. 8, 2009) NOAA/NMFS/Alaska Fishery Science Center National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMML), Seattle, WA.
Alaska Ecosystem Program/Steller sea lion field camps Aquatic Farms (Ltd. of Honolulu, Hawaii), a contractor for The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Alaska Fishery Science Center, is soliciting cover letters and resumes for the upcoming 2009 field season to study the western stock of endangered Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) in Alaska. This work is part of a long-term annual population abundance and survival monitoring program.
Duties include conducting counts, identifying individual sea lions by tags, brands, and natural markings, and monitoring reproduction and survival at remote field sites in Alaska. For general information about the program, visit this website: http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/nmml/alaska/
Employment will be from May 18-Aug 8, 2009. Between 1 and 6 new biological technicians will be contracted for the 2009 field season. Application information is listed below. The first week of employment (May 18-23, 2009) is spent in Seattle training. Attendance is mandatory and successful completion of training is required for all field team members each season. Food and lodging in Seattle are not provided. Transportation from Seattle to and from Alaska and the field site, food, and lodging in the field are provided. Field teams are typically in Alaska for 8-10 weeks. Field work is conducted by 2-4 member teams in remote camps located at either Ugamak Island (eastern Aleutian Islands) or Marmot Island (central Gulf of Alaska). All personnel are expected to perform daily research duties as well as camp maintenance (chopping wood, hauling water, cooking, and compost toilet maintenance etc).
Participants are required to stay for the duration of the field season and there are no crew changes. Field stations are remote, there are no other residents on the islands, and outside communication is limited (no cell phone coverage and no email). Researchers live in small shelters at the various sites with no running water or electricity. Field stations are accessible only by ship or helicopter.
Each camp is staffed with one field camp leader and 1-2 assistants. The camp leader serves as the senior person in the camp. Field camp leaders are responsible for field camp logistics and maintenance, ensuring that research goals are met and that safety protocols are followed, for ensuring that all data is entered and edited during the season, the return of field equipment and supplies, and producing an annual report at end of field season. Under the guidance of a field camp leader, field camp assistants help with camp preparation, data collection, data entry and editing, and field gear inventory and packing. All team members maintain a safe working environment for field personnel, participate in daily camp maintenance and operation, and assist with the return of field equipment and supplies at the end of the season.
Research Duties:
Research is conducted outdoors 7 days per week, often in inclement weather. Temperatures at field sites can range from 40 to 85 degrees. Fog, wind, and rain are common, with occasional snow early in the season. Personnel should be prepared to hike (> 5 miles) with a large heavy day pack, over rough uneven terrain, steep slopes, rocky ledges, and have no fear of heights or flying in helicopters. Observation stations are located on the edge of cliffs or overlooks above the sea lions. Observers will be expected to use binoculars and spotting scopes for long periods of time and be able to recognize markings or brands on sea lions. There is generally no animal handling during field camp operations. Sea lions should be unaware of the presence of biologists. Personnel should be in excellent physical condition with no preexisting health problems such as heart disease, severe allergies, depression, debilitating asthma or other ailments that will compromise their health or the healthy and safety of others in the camp or the completion of research duties.
Minimum Qualifications:
Candidates must have an education in a biological science. A Bachelor´s degree in biology or related field with previous field experience is preferred. The ability to work well as a team and independently, with good communication and problem-solving skills is mandatory. Ability to follow detailed verbal and written instructions and data protocols is mandatory. Working knowledge of personal computers including use of word processing, spreadsheets, and relational database programs such as Access is highly recommended. Field work, employment, or life experience in very remote settings is preferred.Current First Aid and CPR certification is required. Wilderness First Aid is highly recommended and candidates will be given extra consideration with this certification.
Application Deadline: March 13, 2009
Please submit a cover letter and resume with employment history,education history, and the names and contact information (email and phone numbers) of three work related references to: Calinda "Cal" GooAquatic Farms,
Ltd.49-139 Kamehameha Hwy.
Kaneohe, HI. 96744(808) 239-2929
FAX: (808) 239-8436
And cc Kathryn Chumbley: kathryn.chumbley@noaa.gov

Empleo: St Andrews!

SMRU Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of St Andrews that provides cutting edge scientific advice to industry and government. Working closely with the University of St Andrews, in particular the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) and the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM), SMRU Ltd undertakes a wide variety of research contracts that build on the expertise within the respective organisations. Areas of work we are currently involved in include advising on potential impacts of marine renewable energy projects; providing guidance on marine mammal populations; assessing how wider commercial activities within the marine environment may affect marine organisms and developing tools through which users can access high quality marine environmental data.
SMRU Ltd is at an exciting stage in our development and we are now looking for a motivated, experienced individual to apply for this new post to join and augment our existing team of scientists based in St Andrews.
The successful applicant will take up a key position in an interesting and dynamic environment and be meticulous in their approach to work undertaking a range of duties. You will provide scientific advice and have responsibility for leading a range of research projects and will also be expected to give input to the writing of tenders, producing scientific reports and liaising with Government agencies, Industry and NGO's. Much of the work specialises in marine mammal visual and acoustic monitoring survey techniques and the successful candidate would be expected to be familiar with the appropriate field techniques both in theory and in practice.
Essential Skills
- Educated to PhD level in applied marine science with relevant research or proven marketplace experience
- Experience of planning and running large scale surveys for marine mammals
- Experience of survey techniques (visual and acoustic monitoring including PAM techniques) for studying marine mammals
- Experience/knowledge of spatial modelling techniques for analysing marine mammal data
- Knowledge of primary scientific literature and proven, peer reviewed publication record
- Proven ability to lead projects and work successfully within a small team and liaise with non-academic groups
Desirable Skills
- A background knowledge of the marine renewable industry would be beneficial
- Experience of working on Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and knowledge of the environmental legislation in the UK
- Competent in statistical data analysis and management and knowledge of the ESRI ArcGIS software would be advantageous
SMRU Ltd offers a competitive salary and is expected to be in the region of ?30,000 - 35,000 p.a., dependent on qualifications and experience.
To Apply If you believe you have the passion, commitment and skills then tell us why. Please apply in writing, preferably by email, by sending your CV, together with a covering letter outlining your suitability, to recruitment@smru.co.uk or by post to
Fiona Skilbeck,
SMRU Limited, New Technology Centre,
St Andrews,
Fife KY16 9SR.
Fiona Skilbeck
SMRU Limited New Technology Centre
North Haugh
Fife KY16 9SR
Switch: +44 (0)1334 479100
Fax: +44 (0)1334 477878

Actividades: curso en Bahamas!

Looking for an exciting, hands-on summer course? The Dolphin Communication Project (DCP) has only a handful of openings left for our FIELD COURSE IN CETACEAN ECOLOGY in Bimini, Bahamas. DCP, a non-profit research and education group, has been studying Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins in this area since 2001.
Dates: June 1 - 12, 2009. (Depart on June 13, 2009)

Topics covered include but are not limited to:
- Introduction to cetacean biology
- Introduction to delphinid species of Bimini
- Boat-based surveys
- Photo-ID and video analysis

During lectures, discussions and boat based surveys, students will learn species identification, photo-ID, techniques in surface observations (including GPS) and when possible, observe the animals under water and collect photograph and video data.

Cost: $2,779* per person (USD)
Receive a $105 discount if paying by check or money order! ($2,674*)

- 12 nights accommodation (double occupancy*)
- 3 meals a day
- 8 half-day boat trips in search of dolphins
- 1 boat trip in search of reef sharks

- Transportation from airport to hotel in Bimini
- Course instruction
- Certificate of completion

Not included: Airfare to/from Bimini, Bahamas

You must be at least 18 years old to participate. No previous experience with marine mammals or marine biology is required, however, all participants should be comfortable on a boat, snorkeling and working as a team.

Course may be used for general enrichment or course credit; however the student is solely responsible for arranging credit with their home institution.

This is your chance for a hands-on research experience with wild dolphins in the clear, warm waters of the Bahamas!

Come join us! There are only a few slots left!

For more information on this course, please contact Kelly Melillo at kmelillo@dolphincommunicationproject.org

For more information on the Bimini Travel Course program, follow this link.

For more information on DCP, including a list of publications, please visit www.dolphincommunicationproject.org

A non-refundable deposit of 20% is due at the time of booking. Full payment is due 1 April 2009.

*A supplemental fee of $600 is required for single occupancy.

Kelly Melillo
Research Associate, Bimini Research Manager
Dolphin Communication Project


sábado, 7 de marzo de 2009

Actividades: curso MMOs!

Scanning Ocean Sectors is a Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) training company and Joint Nature Conservation Committee JNCC, recognised course for industry and research.
We have years of research behind the effective training of MMOs with courses adapted to the requirements of the clients, and taught by professionals in their specialised fields. With fully trained and experienced MMOs teaching. Each student is graded in their certificates to ensure the quality standard of the MMO industry is gaining.
Please note that the late registration now applies for the UK March courses and Australian April course Registration will close two weeks before course starts.
NOTE: There is ONLY ONE MMO COURSE IN MARCH 2009. We are now running Passive Acoustic Monitoring courses for MMOs March PAM course is 26th & 27th 2009. This course is booking up quickly so don´t leave it late.
Please visit our website for more information and to register for all courses.
Note: When you register for a course the course prices will be sent directly to you. There are limited numbers for each course so please book early to avoid disappointment. If anyone is interested in advertising in our newsletter please contact us for the next issue.

Eventos internacionales: Student meeting SMM!

The Northwest Student Chapter of the Society of Marine Mammalogy (NWSSMM) will be held on Saturday, May 2 2009 at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.
The meeting focuses on exchanging ideas and constructive feedback between fellow students from the Pacific Northwest community involved in marine mammal research. Presentations are 12 minutes long with 3 minutes forfeedback and can concentrate on a research proposal, a progress report (what data you have and what is left tobe done), a rehearsal for your defense, or a summary of a summer research project. If you don´t have a presentation, you are welcome to attend, learn about current research, provide feedback, and network with other student researchers in our field.
Undergraduate students are also encouraged to attend. Regardless of the stage of your work, you can contribute to and benefit from this meeting! The day will begin with a plenary talk by Steve Jeffries from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, followed by a full day of presentations and an optional group dinner/happy hour somewhere local.
For those of you who will be traveling to get to Bellingham and would like to stay the night, we are offering limited accommodation with local students. We can also suggest some relatively cheap rooms in which to stay. The registration fee will be small and covers lunch, snacks, andp rinting of abstract books for the attendees. While the exact amount will depend on the number of people that register, for the past four years it has been less than $20, and we expect the same to be true again this year. We will let you know the cost,which can be paid on the day of the conference.
A registration form is attached with this e-mail, and will also be available on the WSSMM website http://www.marinemammalogy.org/student/chapter.cfm?Id=4
Please fill it out electronically and email it to Sasha McFarland at NWSSMM@gmail.com
by April 10, 2009.
SIGN UP NOW: The sooner you register the better. Give yourself a deadline to share your research and/or collaborate with your peers. We look forward to seeing you in May!
Sasha McFarland

Empleo: Marine Mammal Observers!

Two Marine Mammal Observer positions. Both positions are available immediately. Please feel free to call me with any questions.
Sr. Marine Mammal Observer: 7-10 years experience.
A Marine Mammal Observer shall be the individual who keeps watch for mammals during seismic operations. This individual must be trained at observing and identifying marine mammals in compliance with the most recent NTL issued by the Minerals Management service. This individual will maintain proper records and documentation, and communicate findings to Company. This position shall have knowledge of industry Safety, Health, and Environmental (SHE) standards and Company reporting requirements.
Associate Marine Mammal Observer 3-5 years experience.
A Marine Mammal Observer shall be the individual who keeps watch for mammals during seismic operations. This individual must be trained at observing and identifying marine mammals in compliance with the most recent NTL issued by the Minerals Management service. This individual will maintain proper records and documentation, and communicate findings to Company. This position shall have knowledge of industry Safety, Health, and Environmental (SHE) standards and Company reporting requirements.
Iris Balderas
Recruitment Consultant
Fircroft Group
Tel: +1 713 235 8100
Fax: +1 713 235 8199
5100 Westheimer Road,
Suite 430, Houston, Texas,
TX 77056

Empleo: UK!

The conservation research charity Marinelife is looking for two new staff members.
Post 1 Research Assistant - Channel Marine Mammal and Seabird Survey.
Two year fixed term full-time contract (40 hours, flexi-time allowed). Salary £21,000 to £23,000 (dependent on experience) plus 3% pension contribution.
The post will be based at home (SW England) and/or at office (Dorset) to be specified. The full-time research assistant will co-ordinate and conduct surveys for whales, dolphins and seabirds in the English Channel. Good knowledge of marine species surveys and experience of data handling, GIS and statistical analysis is essential. We are looking for an outgoing, dynamic and enthusiastic person, with a strong scientific background and practical experience of whale, dolphin and seabird surveys.
You will work with limited direct supervision so will need to be well-organised and self-motivated. You will be part of a small professional team and will work with a wider network of volunteers. You will need good communication skills both to encourage volunteers and to enthuse boat owners, conservation partners and the local community about the project.
Closing date: 5:00pm on Friday 20 March 2009Interviews will be held week commencing 30 March 2009.
Start Date: As soon as possible after interview.
For a job description and an application pack please email: tom.brereton@marine-life.org.uk
Post 2 Project Administrator - Channel Marine Mammal and Seabird Survey.
Three year fixed term part-time contract; two days per week (16 hours, flexi-time allowed)Salary £14,500 to £16,000 pro rata (dependent on experience) plus 3% pension contribution The Project Administrator will oversee the administration of an exciting new European Union-funded marine biodiversity project. The post will be based at home and/or at office (Dorset) to be specified. You will need to have experience in project management, including basic financial management, as well as familiarity with a range of IT applications, including spreadsheets and word processing.
You will work with limited direct supervision so will need to be well-organised and self-motivated and work in a meticulous and efficient manner. You will work with a small professional team and a wider network of volunteers, where a calm and friendly manner is required. Accurate record keeping is essential for an EU audit over the project period.
Closing date: 5:00pm on Friday 20 March 2009. Interviews will be held week commencing 30 March 2009.
Start Date: As soon as possible after interview.
For a job description and an application pack please email: info@marine-life.org.uk
Marinelife is a charity registered in the UK (No. 1110884). Website: www.marine-life.org.uk

lunes, 2 de marzo de 2009

Actualidad: muevo varamiento masivo.

Aproximadamente unas 140 ballenas piloto o calderones, han muertto hoy al quedar varadas en la playa de Naracoopa, en la isla australiana de King, sin que los guardaparques y voluntarios pudieran evitarlo.

Aunque la mayoría estaban muertas cuando llegaron, lograron salvar a algunas del total de 200 varadas. "Con la marea alta conseguimos arrastrar a 54 ballenas y delfines hasta aguas profundas. Les dimos las mejores condiciones posibles de supervivencia", señaló el portavoz del servicio de guardaparques, Chris Arthur.Las autoridades les colocaron transmisores para poder saber dónde se encuentran mañana.El equipo se enfrentó a una triste escena en la mañana.

Hasta donde alcanzaba la vista había unas 194 ballenas piloto (o calderones) y unos siete delfines tumbados sobre la arena seca y con las aletas hacia arriba. "Realmente se podía oír gritar a los animales", dijo John Nievaart a la radio. Nievaart es dueño de una serie de casas de vacaciones en las cercanías y fue uno de los primeros voluntarios."Había familias, padres, madres, abuelos, todos ayudaron bajo la dirección de los guardaparques", afirmó el jefe de la administración de la isla, Andrew Wardlaw. Los habitantes de la isla, ubicada a medio camino entre tierra firme y Tasmania, organizaron cadenas de agua con cubos y toallas para cubrir a las ballenas y protegerlas del sol. Los ecologistas recorrieron las aguas frente a la costa en motos acuáticas para evitar que otros animales quedaran también varados. Con la marea alta ayudaron también a sacar al agua a las ballenas. No siempre con éxito. "Un par de escolares consiguieron sacar hasta el agua a un ballenato, pero volvió dos veces a la playa. Rompía el corazón", relató Nievaart.

Los mamíferos quedaron varados el domingo por la noche y no encontraron el camino de regreso al mar. Los habitantes alarmaron a las autoridades, que lamentablemente están acostumbradas a hechos como éste. En los meses de verano (austral) ocurre todo el tiempo que las ballenas se pierden cuando van hacia la Antártida o retornan."Este verano fue especialmente malo", dijo Arthur.

A fines de noviembre quedaron varados 187 calderones en Sandy Cape Beach, de los que sólo pudieron ser salvados 32. Una semana antes la gente había logrado salvar a 11 de las 64 ballenas atrapadas en la playa de Anthony's. En enero murieron 48 cachalotes en un banco de arena frente a la isla de Perkins.Según declaró a la emisora de radio el director general del servicio de guardaparques, Peter Mooney, las ballenas a menudo ponen en riesgo su propia supervivencia para permanecer con su manada."Poseen una increíble cohesión social", explicó. "Una ballena queda varada y las demás le siguen para estar con esa ballena y acabamos con toda la manada varada. No abandonan a otras ballenas que están en apuros, aunque eso signifique la muerte".

Los expertos no se ponen de acuerdo en por qué las ballenas se pierden en aguas bajas. La organización ecologista "Sea Shepherd" acusa de ello a los ruidos por actividades sísmicas como las perforaciones submarinas para extraer gas o petróleo.